Things To Do In Ottawa In 48 Hours
Things To Do In Ottawa In 48 Hours
Can you believe I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and never visited my countries capital Ottawa? I know, it’s shameful but all that is about to change. This year New Year’s day falls on a long weekend which means Ottawa in 48 hours!
Ottawa is definitely one of the best places to stay or spend a getaway. Like Toronto and most big Canadian cities, the lifestyle can be expensive. O-Town as its passionately nick-named is no different. Plus, there are no breaks from our national airline Air Canada either. It’s ridiculously costly to fly within Canada.
This left us with option two or option three; take the train or drive.
Although I love taking trains we opted to drive so would have a car to get around in when we arrive. Now, I’m not a huge fan of driving long distances but since it’s only about four hours from Toronto, I sucked it up and hit the road…
The Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica
A great place to start your 48 Hours in Ottawa is Notre Dame. The Norte-Dame Cathedral Basilica is a beautiful Roman Catholic minor basilica that was once the home to the small wooden St. Jacques Church built-in 1832. It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1990.
Down the street from Notre-Dame and the National Gallery of Canada is the Byward Market. The name refers to the old ‘By Ward’ of the City of Ottawa. The district comprises the main commercial part of the historic Lower Town area of Ottawa.
The history of the market dates back to 1826, centered a man named Lieutenant Colonel John By of the Royal Engineers who was sent from England to oversee the construction of the Rideau canal system.
While you’re in the ByWard Market here are 5 Hidden Gems you can not miss!
Since we are in Canada’s capital city, the next stop on the list of things to do in Ottawa has to be the Parliament of Canada, up on Parliament Hill.
Parliament Hill also know as The Hill, is an area of Crown land on the southern banks of the Ottawa River. Its Gothic revival suite of buildings is the home of the Parliament of Canada and has architectural elements of national symbolic importance. Parliament Hill attracts approximately 3 million visitors each year. Originally it was the site of a military base in the 18th and early 19th centuries.
In 1882 construction of the building at the corner of George & William was completed & the Grand Hotel officially opened for business. On May 1st, 2009 in the same historic location “The Grand” was reborn.
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Now I’ve been to Naples and I have to say it’s pretty close.
It remains in use today primarily for pleasure boating during the warmer months and ice skating in the winter months. During winter this section of the canal officially becomes the world’s largest skating rink with a cleared length of 7.8 kilometers.
I was hoping to put my roller blading skills to good use but it was empty. I was later informed by the locals that the canal needs to has 10 consecutive days of -10 weather for the river to be deemed safe to skate on. Arghhh oh well. Maybe next time.
If 15 is too much and you are looking to limit your time to the Top 5 Tourist Attractions In Ottawa.
Lastly, if winter is not your thing then here is a summer list of how to have the ultimate Ottawa weekend.
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